Hello! I took some time off from doing this. These haiku reviews were composed over the past few months and include stuff I saved in a draft of recommendations for September Bandcamp Day that I never published. If you only listen to one thing on this list, please make it the first thing, which is the album of the year from where I sit and listen. My favorite thing about this month’s list is that it highlights incredible new work from many of my oldest and closest friends from my years organizing and performing at DIY music events of very different kinds. It seems like shit is really coming together as it is falling apart and we are taking over the world.
Credentials – Why is my arm not a lilac tree? (Orb Tapes)
And Milwaukee takes
Album of the Year, as well
as the NBA.
Note: My first feature of 2022 will be about this album and how it tells the story of the last quarter century in Milwaukee DIY music and is perhaps its highest culmination yet.
Fuubutsushi – Good Sky Day (Longform Editions)
that you turn this on when you
need a good sky day.
Yvette Janine Jackson – Test Flight No. 1 (Longform Editions)
A gradual launch
of archival work through time,
Angel Bat Dawid – Harkening Etudes (Longform Editions)
Proving her strength as
a truly conceptual
Midori Hirano – Improvisations for Piano in Summer 2018 (Longform Editions)
This piece is the most
responsible for bringing
me back to music.
Note: This week. (Syllables!!!!)
Lori Scacco – The Order of Things (Longform Editions)
“Everything in Its
Right Place” if it had: movement,
Note: And communicated its meaning extraordinarily well without language. (SYLLABLES!!!!)
Luke Stewart – Luke Stewart Exposure Quintet (Astral Spirits)
In short, Luke Stewart
is central to me coming
back to “the Music.“
Note: I also love the way Luke Stewart talks about music as “the Music.” Relatedly, I am writing about his Blacks’ Myths duo with Warren “Trae” Crudup III in the next issue of Brilliant Corners, dropping early 2022, which is focused on avant garde jazz. The two Blacks’ Myths albums were recently reissued as a tape set by Atlantic Rhythms, which I also enthusiastically recommend.
Mary Lattimore – Collected Pieces II (Ghostly International)
the still, quiet beauty of
the winter greater.
Herbert – Musca (Accidental)
For some reason it
is no longer a big deal
when new Herbert drops.
Note: I am here to tell you we need to revert to the previous standard, which was LOTS OF EXCITEMENT ABOUT NEW HERBERT RELEASES.
ANOTHER NOTE: This haiku is a reworking of a tweet by Ahmad Zaghal, but it got me to listen to the new Herbert record, so I think the important thing to note here is that it works to get people to listen, and now I am not plagiarizing, because you know who originated this train of thought around the fact that no one cares enough about new Herbert records these days!!!!
Eris Drew – Quivering in Time (T4T LUV NRG)
On her first full length,
Mom proves she rocks way more than
just the turntables.
Topdown Dialectic – Vol. 3 (Peak Oil)
searching tunes for this cold and
Patrick Shiroishi – Hidemi (American Dreams)
or quartet, but Shiroishi
is every member.
Daniel Wyche – Earthwork (American Dreams)
The exact length of
my dinner making process:
Astrid Sonne – outside of your lifetime (Escho)
calming, the precise music
I need to hear now.
Emily Jane Powers – Isometry (self-released)
She is electric,
experimental, and at
the top of her game.
Jessamine – The Long Arm of Coincidence (Kranky)
brooding!!! Full of scorching heat
and refined dischord.
Damiana – Vines (Hausu Mountain)
I maintain my stance:
everything Whitney Johnson
touches is sacred.
Norman W. Long – Black Brown Gray Green (Hausu Mountain)
“Listening is a
journey,” he once told me: this
Brett Naucke (with Whitney Johnson and Natalie Chami) – Mirror Ensemble (American Dreams)
This one has brought all
of the animals to quite
rapt attention here.
Walt McClements – A Hole in the Fence (American Dreams)
Every sound captures
the exact point where pleasure
and pain intersect.
Gold Cage – Social Crutch (felte)
in music I expect to
find boring, but love.
Gardener – I Am Here For A Moment (Trouble in Mind)
Listen first thing in the
morning if you’re trying to
have a gracious day.
Derek Monypeny – Unjust Intonation (Trouble in Mind)
What I imagine
would sound like up close.
Note: Like if you could get your ear to the exact place the motion is occurring! If there was a sound and you could hear it close to the source!
Patrick Shiroishi and Camila Nebbia – The Human Being as a Fragile Article (Trouble in Mind)
vibes, like a very creepy
Fantasia of noise.
Grouper – Shade (Kranky)
For the last decade,
she has brought me back to the
shore of listening.
Note: More often than any other composer, Grouper helps me hear music again when I feel tired of everything, sick of it all, incapable of finding in music what I usually do that helps me locate beauty, meaning, or even just resonance in the world and survive. I am very grateful for this and for this new record performing this work again for me after so many years!
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